Public Health Resources

Workforce Development

            Workforce development activities and resources for the public health workforce.

Increasing Client Responses to the Satisfaction Survey   Jun-01-2018 Using a QI process, the Mercer County Health Department significantly increased the number of survey responses from its customers. This feedback is used to help identify areas for improvement and thus is an important part of the health department's strategy to apply QI to its operations. (Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange)

California Shares Insights on Preparing for Reaccreditation   Jul-18-2018 Blog post outlines strategies to prepare for PHAB reaccreditation. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Twelve More Health Departments Achieve PHAB Accreditation  Aug-29-2018 The number of health departments demonstrating their desire to be transparent and accountable to their communities continued to grow larger this week as the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded national accreditation status to 12 more governmental public health departments. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

Podcast: Public Health Innovation: What Is It and How Can It Be Achieved?  Aug-29-2018 Podcast shares examples of innovative initiatives happening in communities across the country and gives advice for overcoming the many challenges to driving meaningful change. (All In: Data for Community Health)

A Call for Papers: Writing for Public Health (2018)  Sep-05-2018 Public Health Reports (PHR) invites submitted articles on the general topic of writing in public health. The journal seeks articles on public health writing quality, writing environment, writing for different genres, teaching students to write in public health, writing pedagogy, the history of writing training in educational settings, commentaries on public health writing, or other related topics. (Public Health Reports)

NACCHO’s Rural Health Section  Sep-11-2018 This initiative calls for the development of Rural Health Section composed of NACCHO members and partners working together on specific rural public health issues across multidisciplinary and programmatic expertise in support of NACCHO’s mission. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

SOPHE issues a call for papers for special issue of Health Education & Behavior  Sep-13-2018 Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) is calling for papers for a special supplement issue of the journal that will focus on the application and impact of social media and digital health on public health education and behavior. (Society for Public Health Education)

The 21st Century Learning Community - Transforming Public Health in Three States: Lessons for the Nation (2018)  Oct-02-2018 Using data, expertise, and evidence, health departments must demonstrate their value and make the case for public health to policymakers and partners. In this new publication, these critical themes and more are highlighted from three 21st Century states – Ohio, Oregon, and Washington – as they work to modernize their public health systems. (Public Health National Center for Innovations)

Twelve More Health Departments Accredited Through the Public Health Accreditation Board  Oct-11-2018 The number of health departments demonstrating their desire to be transparent and accountable to their communities continued to grow larger this week as the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded national accreditation status to 12 more governmental public health departments. Across the United States, the population now served by a health department that has achieved PHAB's rigorous national standards now surpasses 70 percent, with more health departments seeking the credential each day. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

GW Health Workforce Institute Announces $1.8 Million Grant  Oct-18-2018 The George Washington University (GW) Health Workforce Institute, based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health just announced a $1.8 million grant from HRSA to support a new Health Workforce Research Center focused on increasing diversity in health workforce education and training. The Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) on Health Equity in Health Workforce Education will identify how pipeline programs, health profession schools and ongoing professional training contribute to workforce diversity, address maldistribution and prepare trainees to address social determinants of health. (George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health)

Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan  Oct-19-2018 The National Indian Health Board is collecting information for the Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS). The purpose of this scan is to increase the knowledge of Tribal and federal health leaders and advocates through the creation and dissemination of a national-level, comprehensive profile of the public health system and infrastructure in Indian Country. (National Indian Health Board)

SOPHE Journals are open access  Oct-22-2018 SOPHE has opened access to its three peer-reviewed journals, Health Education & Behavior, Health Promotion Practice, and Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning during this 45-day period, October 15 – November 30, 2018. (Society for Public Health Education)

Case Study: How Indiana Addresses Its Health Care Workforce Challenges (November 2018)  Nov-13-2018 Indiana has achieved a number of successes to meet specific health care workforce development needs, such as providing Medicaid reimbursement for community health worker (CHW) services, a pre-nursing certificate pathway for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and a framework for comprehensive review of state licensing. Many of these successes have been supported by the Indiana Governor’s Health Workforce Council, a cross-agency funded body that serves as a forum to convene stakeholders, establish priorities, and develop policy recommendations. This case study highlights how Indiana has utilized these types of cross-agency approaches to bolster health care workforce development. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Case Study: How Alaska Addresses Its Health Care Workforce Challenges (November 2018)  Nov-20-2018 Brief highlights the Alaska Health Workforce Coalition, which has facilitated many of the state’s workforce initiatives. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Nine Health Departments Awarded Accreditation Through PHAB on November 20  Nov-30-2018 This week, PHAB announced it has awarded national accreditation status to nine more health departments. This week's accreditation announcement means that 73 percent of the U.S. population is now served by a health department that meets PHAB's national standards for delivering quality programs and services to its community. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

Advanced Public Health Nursing Certification  Information on how to apply for, maintain, and renew the Advanced Public Health Nurse-Board Certified (PHNA-BC) credential. (American Nurses Credentialing Center)

American Board of Preventive Medicine  The American Board of Preventive Medicine certifies physicians in aerospace medicine; occupational medicine; and public health and general preventive medicine. (American Board of Preventive Medicine)

Building Expertise in Administration and Management (BEAM)  Program's mission is to provide public health professionals with the foundational business acumen needed to succeed in the workplace. The BEAM Certificate program emphasizes professional development, financial management and reporting, budgeting, contracts and management. BEAM is designed for professionals who have formal or informal public health leadership responsibilities. (University of Miami)

CPH Content Outline 2019 (June 2017)  The Certified in Public Health content outline for exams after January 1, 2019. Content spans ten domains and 160 unique tasks related to those domains. (National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE))

Certified in Public Health (CPH)  The Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential is the nation's only voluntary core credential for public health professionals. The CPH designation demonstrates that an individual graduate from a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health has mastered foundational competencies in public health. (National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE))

Certified in Public Health (CPH) Webinars  Webinars and handouts that provide preparation tips and information about taking the Certified in Public Health Exam. (National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE))

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing  NCHEC develops national standards for health education practitioners and administers the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing)

National Environmental Health Association Credentialing  (National Environmental Health Association)

Public Health Management Certificate  Certificate helps public health professionals increase efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability at their workplace by developing core management functions-planning, organizing, budgeting, and analyzing performance. Program is one-year with one on-site visit to Seattle and weekly webinars. (University of Washington, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice)

Applied Epidemiology Competencies  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) developed the Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies (Applied Epidemiology Competencies or AECs for short) to improve the practice of epidemiology within the public health system. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Bioterrorism & Emergency Readiness Competencies for All Public Health Workers (2002)  The Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness: Competencies for All Public Health Workers provides a foundation from which to build locally relevant training, exercises and drills. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Community/Public Health Nursing [C/PHN] Competencies  The competencies are useful to guide and revolutionize practice, education, research, and policy at all levels and represent the continuum of evolving PHN practice roles, responsibilities, and functions for which public health nurses may have to account. (Quad Council Coalition)

Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies  The Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies (Applied Epidemiology Competencies, or AECs) were created in collaboration with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health   Based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) and the Core Competencies for Performance Improvement Managers, these competencies were developed to offer additional guidance in PI for public health professionals with responsibilities related to developing or implementing plans and activities in the areas of quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, accreditation readiness, or community health assessment and improvement planning. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Competency Assessments for Public Health Professionals  (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals  The Core Public Health Competencies are a set of skills desirable for the broad practice of public health, reflecting the characteristics that staff of public health organizations may want to possess as they work to protect and promote health in the community (i.e., deliver the Essential Public Health Services). (Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice)

Genomic Competencies for the Public Health Workforce  The purpose of this activity is to present essential public health competencies that incorporate specific aspects of genomics and present the required core knowledge, skills, abilities, and crosscutting functions related to public health programs. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies (2016)  Guide provide foundational knowledge about the relationship between public health programs and health outcomes among people with disabilities, and are primarily designed for professionals already working in the public health field but can also be used for public health workforce training. (Association of University Centers on Disabilities)

Key Environmental Competencies for Rural Primary Care Providers  Final report and competency guide developed from a 2010 study to address competencies that are essential for providing environmentally conscious care. (West Virginia Rural Health Research Center)

MCH Leadership Competencies  Competencies for maternal and child health (MCH) leaders. (MCH Leadership Competencies Workgroup)

MPH Core Competency Model  The Master of Public Health (MPH) core competencies set a baseline for skills that master students should be competent in upon graduation. The model includes competencies in the five traditional core areas of public health and seven interdisciplinary/cross-cutting areas and applies to students upon graduation from a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

Public Health Emergency Law Competency Model  Set of competencies in public health emergency law for mid-tier public health professionals. The PHEL competencies can be used to advance the inclusion of law-based content in public health emergency training, resources, and tools. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Public Health Informatics Competencies  Competencies to enable public health professionals to leverage the power of modern information technology in the science and practice of public health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educators  Comprehensive set of competencies and sub-competencies that define the role of the health education specialist. (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing)

    • + Grants and Funding

ASTHO Accreditation Information  ASTHO supports the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in its development of a voluntary national accreditation program for state, local, territorial, and tribal health agencies. ASTHO provides its members with technical support to become accredited and continuously improve the performance of their health agencies (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

ASTHO Accreditation and Performance  ASTHO provides technical assistance and resources to states in the areas of accreditation preparation, national performance standards assessment, and quality improvement. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Accreditation Activity  Continually updated map and list of PHAB-accredited health departments. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

Accreditation Coordinator Handbook for Public Health Department Initial Accreditation (July 2018)  Handbook provides a description of the responsibilities and skills necessary for a health department's Accreditation Coordinator to be successful in her or his role. It describes the accreditation process and roles of the Coordinator for each step of the process, and includes information about resources to supplement their knowledge and skills on specific elements of the accreditation process. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

Benefits of National Accreditation for Local Health Departments (2014)  This research brief presents findings from a survey of accredited local health departments (LHDs) conducted in 2014. The survey sought to develop a preliminary list of benefits from pursuing and achieving accreditation, determine the technical assistance needs of accredited LHDs, and verify anecdotal information from the field. In order to download this PDF, you will need to register for a free account. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator  This website is aimed at those who participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. It provides vetted tools and resources for community health improvement. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Community Health Assessment & Health Improvement Planning  This site helps state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments as they develop community health assessments and health improvement plans, whether for accreditation preparation, nonprofit hospital collaboration, or other reasons. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

May/June 2018 - Volume 24 - Supplement 3 Supplement, Impact of Public Health Accreditation   With nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population now served by a nationally accredited health department, the breadth of accreditation's impact is captured in a special open access supplement to the May/June 2018 edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

Menu of State Public Health Department Accreditation Laws (2014)  Comprehensive summary of state laws that reference public health accreditation. The summary can be a useful resource for policymakers and public health practitioners interested in the legal methods by which other states have required, encouraged, or financed public health department accreditation. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships - MAPP  MAPP is a community-wide strategic planning tool for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leadership, this tool helps communities prioritize public health issues and identify resources for addressing them. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

NACCHO Accreditation Preparation  Information and tools for local public health departments to prepare and apply for public health accreditation. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

NALBOH Accreditation Resources  Materials and resources to assist local Boards of Health understand their role in public health accreditation. (National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH))

NNPHI Performance & Quality Improvement  Accreditation and performance improvement resources including tools, trainings, lessons learned, and archived materials from meetings and webinars. (National Network of Public Health Institutes)

PHF Accreditation Preparation and Support  Resources for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to prepare for public health accreditation. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Public Health Accreditation Board  Provides information about a national voluntary accreditation program for state, local, territorial and tribal public health departments. The goal of the accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of every community by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments. (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))

Public Health Foundation Performance Management and Quality Improvement  Describes how quality improvement (QI) tools can help public health professionals develop sustainable solutions for complex community problems. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Public Health Improvement Resource Center  Searchable online database of resources and tools aimed to build better public health systems. The resources support efforts to improve performance management and quality improvement, community health information and data systems, accreditation preparation, and workforce development. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Public Health Practice: Evaluating the Impact of Quality Improvement (2013)  Report that examines improvements in service delivery of health departments that implemented quality improvement (QI ) projects. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX)  Searchable site for public health professionals interested in learning and sharing information about quality improvement (QI) in public health. (RTI International)

Quality Improvement (QI) Quick Guide  With a contribution from the National Library of Medicine, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) developed a Quality Improvement (QI) Quick Guide for public health practitioners, which was launched online in August 2010. The QI Quick Guide addresses a need identified by public health practitioners for assistance in determining which resources to use as they pursue QI initiatives. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Quality Improvement in Public Health: It Works! (2012)  This publication provides stories of quality improvement (QI) successes in public health departments and offers resources to assist public health professionals apply QI to public health practice. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Roadmap to a Culture of Quality Improvement  The Quality Improvement (QI) Roadmap provides local health departments with guidance on progressing through six phases or levels of QI integration until a culture of QI has been reached and can be sustained. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

The Community Guide - Public Health Accreditation Board Crosswalk  This tool was designed to assist health departments in identifying evidence-based interventions from The Community Guide whose implementation could help document conformity with PHAB domains, standards, and measures. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Transforming Public Health Practice Through Accreditation  Special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice that highlights the emerging evidence base around public health department accreditation through research studies, commentaries, and case reports. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)

Tribal Public Health Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI)   The Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative provides support and technical assistance specifically to Tribes in their consideration of and activity toward seeking public health accreditation. (National Indian Health Board)

    • + Continuing Education and Training
      • APHL Event/Course Listing APHL provides training opportunities outside of the traditional programs offered under the CDC cooperative agreement.
      • Continuing Education and Training Opportunities Links to selected public health continuing education opportunities from government agencies and professional and research organizations.
      • Credentials for Success The Credentials for success is a distance learning program for Georgia's public health practitioners.
      • Educating the Workforce Towards Integration Collection of educational resources and tools to support increased collaboration between public health and healthcare workforces. Resources include curriculum guides, competencies, reports, learning modules, frameworks, and case studies.
      • Guide to Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training Online resource focused on enhancing public health training efforts. This resource includes strategies and methods for improving and evaluating training, as well as references to literature on training and the evaluation of training.
      • Heartland Centers for Public Health & Community Capacity Development The Mission of the Heartland Centers is to improve the workforce competence and community capacity to perform in emergency events and assure delivery of public health essential services.
      • Introduction to Workforce Development Planning for PHAB Accreditation Course is made up of seven modules designed to assist local health department staff to prepare for the Domain 8 requirements for PHAB accreditation, with a focus on the development and implementation of a workforce development plan.
      • Kansas WALD Center The Kansas Public Health Workforce and Leadership Development (WALD) Center is a web-based public health education, training, and research center. The WALD Center makes use of technology to foster social capital and increase workforce capacity among Kansas's public health workers.
      • Local Health Department Learning Laboratory A 12-month program for teams across the country to identify replicable solutions that enable local health departments to successfully transition to population-focused strategies for improving health outcomes in their communities.
      • Management Essential Training Series The series provides a fresh perspective and a broad introduction to three (3) topics critical to your success: 1) Strategic Planning, 2) Successful People Management, and 3) Fundamentals of Financial Management. This series is designed to enhance the skills of new local health officials (LHOs) to address the complex, real-world, issues facing local health departments on a daily basis. NACCHO encourages LHOs with one to three years of experience who are seeking additional management training to take these trainings.
      • NACCHO University Courses to help LHD staff develop knowledge and competencies. Users may design their own learning and take intriguing and challenging courses to advance their careers.
      • National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Organization The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.
      • National Laboratory Training Network The National Laboratory Training Network (NLTN) is a collaborative training system of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its mission is to improve laboratory practice of public health significance through quality continuing education.
      • Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) Training NWCPHP offers a wide variety of training opportunities for public health professionals including online trainings, certificate programs, toolkits, and guides to help the public health workforce stay up-to-date on the latest research and best practices.
      • Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute This nine-month program is designed to build collaborative leadership skills for professionals committed to improving health equity.
      • PHF Learning Resource Center Quality training materials for public health, healthcare, community health, and other health professionals at an affordable price. Materials are available in a variety of formats, including print-based and computer-based programs; resource manuals; physician guides; and patient brochures.
      • Performance Improvement Learning Series Catalog Learning series to provide public health agencies and organizations with a wide variety of Performance Improvement programs, tools and techniques.
      • Professional Development and Workforce Training Center Provides a variety of training/educational modalities including webinars, training videos, public health lectures and on-line courses in the areas of chronic disease prevention and control.
      • Public Health Learning Navigator The Learning Navigator is a streamlined, curated online resource supporting quality learning for the public health workforce. Users can filter training based on job task, occupation, topic area, continuing education credit, and more.
      • Public Health Learning Network The Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) partners with 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers (RPHTC) and 39 local performance sites to offer high-quality training, tools, and resources for thousands of professionals engaged in the critical work of advancing public health practice and improving population health.
      • Public Health Pronto A micro-learning project that allows users to participate in short bursts of learning throughout the year to improve public health skills. Program addresses the eight Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and three Health Transformation cores.
      • TRAIN Learning Network TRAIN is a learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health. A free service of the Public Health Foundation, is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).
    • + Fellowships with Workforce Development Focus
      • APHL Fellowships Fellowship and traineeship programs that prepare students for careers in public health laboratories and support specialized training for practicing scientists.
      • CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact. The two-year program is targeted at PhD or master's degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines related to CDC's work.
      • CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Competitive, two-year, paid fellowship within the CDC. Public Health Associates are assigned to state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies.
      • CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program Two-year applied, competency-based training program for professionals with education and experience in information and computer science and technology and public health or health care.
      • CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship The PE Fellowships were begun in 1995 to establish capability within CDC to conduct prevention-effectiveness studies. The Fellowships are for post-doctoral candidates with expertise in quantitative policy analysis who wish to gain experience and training in assessing the effectiveness of prevention strategies.
      • Improving Public Health Management for Action (IMPACT) A fellowship program that works closely with partner countries to build a workforce of public health professionals prepared to translate science into action. IMPACT provides fellows with experience in public health program planning, implementation, management, and evaluation through specialized, hands-on training, supervision, and mentorship.
      • Public Health Fellowships and Internships Links to selected public health fellowship and internship opportunities from government agencies and professional and research organizations.
      • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Programs The Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program is a multi-disciplinary training program designed to provide postdoctoral professionals with the specific knowledge, experiences, and skills needed to prepare them for leadership roles promoting and implementing policies and practices that reduce health disparities and advance health equity.
      • SOPHE Careers SOPHE provides global leadership to the profession and promotes the health of society through advances in health education theory and research, excellence in professional preparation and practice, advocacy for public policies conducive to health, and the achievement of health equity for all.
    • + Information from/about Schools of Public Health
      • ASPPH Academic Program Finder Find program offerings at schools and programs of public health. Search by areas of study, degree, institution, and distance learning opportunities.
      • Accredited Schools and Programs - Search Search U.S. Schools of Public Health and Graduate Public Health Programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
      • MPH Degree Report Report by the Framing the Future Task Force that provides a set of assertions intended to guide the purposeful transition to a 21st century model of public health education at the professional master's level.
      • Public Health Graduate Education Links to information about public health graduate education.

Center for Health Leadership & Practice  Leadership development program that brings together teams of leaders from multiple sectors that want to advance their leadership skills and achieve health equity in their community. (Center for Health Leadership & Practice, PHI)

Management Academy for Public Health  The Management Academy for Public Health prepares teams of health professionals for new management challenges in community health. MAPH is a nine-month executive education course customized for health managers in the public health system. (University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health)

Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship (PMR/F)  Preventive medicine programs that provide hands-on experience in public health agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The PMR/F programs promote public health leadership, integrating knowledge and skills of medicine and other clinical professions with population health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

State Health Leadership Initiative  The State Health Leadership Initiative (SHLI) aims to accelerate the leadership development of new state/territorial health officials as policy makers, administrators, and advocates for the health of the public. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds the Initiative. ASTHO administers SHLI in partnership with the National Governors Association (NGA) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

ASPPH Advocacy  ASPPH's Policy and Advocacy Team works to increase federal government support for public health education, research, workforce training, and emergency services by working closely with our Congressional and agency partners. (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

The Affordable Care Act's Public Health Workforce Provisions: Opportunities and Challenges (2011)  This brief summarizes the workforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act and provides an update on the implementation and funding of those provisions. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

    • + International Efforts
      • Africa Health Workforce Observatory The Africa Health Workforce Observatory promotes, develops and sustains the knowledge base for human resources for health in the African region to provide evidence for informed health policy decisions in order to strengthen health systems to provide more effective and efficient health service delivery.
      • Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) The Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) is a response to international recognition of the need for global and regional action to strengthen country planning and action on health workforce system. As of January 2007 it has 15 members including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, PNG, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are 5 priority actions for the first two years including: HRH advocacy, information monitoring, capacity strengthening, knowledge generation, and technical coordination.
      • European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe.
      • Global Forum on Human Resources for Health The first Global Forum on Human Resources for Health was held in Kampala, Uganda from 2-7 March, 2008. It called for immediate and sustained action to resolve the critical shortage of health workers around the world.
      • Global Health Workforce Alliance An international task force that addresses how to finance the scaling up of the health workforce in the developing world. The group of experts focus on helping governments identify their funding needs, finding ways to make more money available and on advising countries how best to spend it.
      • Global Health Workforce Network GHWN drives forward the health workforce agenda through leveraging specific activities to which other institutions and constituencies bring expertise, mandate and funding. Its activities focus on inter-sectoral aspects (e.g. education or financing - necessary for effective delivery) and on the human resources for health information and evidence agenda (in recognition of the current fragmentation of initiatives and multiplicity of partners involved).
      • Health Worker Migration Policy Initiative *Archived content* The Health Worker Migration Policy Initiative is dedicated to monitoring the health worker flows and issue recommendations to WHO for an International Code of Practice.
      • Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative *Archived content* The Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative (HWAI) is dedicated to keeping human resources for health at the top of the agenda at the country, regional and international level. Chaired by Eric Friedman (PHR), this initiative's purpose is to make the case for the policies and sustained investments necessary to develop and empower a health workforce capable of delivering on health goals.
      • Scaling up Education & Training Task Force The Scaling up Education & Training Task Force is a technical working group that is looking at finding evidence of previous scale-up initiatives around the world and how best to replicate these examples on a larger scale.

CDC Office of Workforce and Career Development (CAL)  Overview of the Office including detailed descriptions of the individual branches (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

APHL Recognition Program: Awards  APHL's Awards Program highlights some of the outstanding achievements in laboratory science and creative approaches being made to solve today's public health challenges. The award listing includes the Thomas E. Maxson Education, Training and Workforce Development Award. (Association of Public Health Laboratories)

Center for Health Policy at Columbia University  The Center for Health Policy works with leading researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing to build a competent workforce for successful public health systems and practice. (Columbia University, School of Nursing)

Environmental Health Traineeship and Fellowship Programs  The programs provide travel for current laboratory staff to attend relevant conferences or trainings, or short-term (1-6 week) specialized training in environmental health technology and testing methods at another state health department, NCEH/CDC, or other state or federal agencies (such as ATSDR, EPA, NIEHS or NIOSH). (Association of Public Health Laboratories)

Epidemiology Elective Program  The Epidemiology Program Office (EPO) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an elective in epidemiology for senior medical and veterinary students. The purpose of the elective is to provide an introduction to preventive medicine, public health and the principles of applied epidemiology. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

National Mentoring Program in Public Health  The National Mentoring Program in Public Health is a project of the APHA Student Assembly. The program pairs public health students and recent graduates with knowledgeable public health professionals. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

    • + Resources for Children or Teachers
      • Career Paths to Public Health (CPP) Collection of teaching and educational resources to promote student interest in public health and epidemiology.
      • Disease Detectives Disease Detectives provides students an opportunity to hone their skills as science sleuths by learning the scientific method employed by epidemiologists-or disease detectives.
      • Public Health - Science in Action (Video) Students can learn about a wide variety of professional opportunities in the field of public health from the video, Public Health - Science in Action, produced by the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory with support from the UMPHTC.
      • Science Ambassador Fellowship The Science Ambassador fellowship invites science teachers from middle and high schools nationwide to compete for the chance to collaborate with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists on epidemiologic-based lesson plans. Together, CDC and science teachers craft relevant and up-to-date lessons that engage students by bringing discussions and activities regarding real public health problems into the classroom. By introducing students to public health at a young age, science teachers are able to nurture and foster future public health professionals.
      • Solve The Outbreak App to learn about becoming a Disease Detective. The tool can be used to introduce the concepts of epidemiology and the work of epidemiologists to investigate diseases.
      • Youth Health Service Corps The Youth Health Service Corps is an award winning health career recruitment program that trains and places diverse high school students as volunteers in health care agencies.

10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services  These 10 services identify the actions necessary to protect and improve environmental public health and are adapted from the 10 Essential Public Health Services and the Core Functions of Public Health. This page shows how the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services align with the three core functions of public health (assessment, policy development, and assurance). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

ASTHO ROI Tool  A web-based tool to calculate the return on investment (ROI) associated with public health agency program or business improvements. The tool can be used as a decision-making tool for new projects, during quality improvement implementation, and retrospectively to show returns of investments made prior. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Applications and Tools for Creating and Sustaining Healthy Teams (2011)  Collection of papers and essays to support the creation and effective work of teams, particularly in the realm of public health. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Building Skills for a More Strategic Public Health Workforce: A Call to Action (2017)  Report describes how the changing landscape of public health will require strategic skills that transcend traditional public health disciplines and provides recommendations to develop these skills. (de Beaumont Foundation)

Career Resource Guide for Uniformed Services Environmental Health Practitioners (2008)  The Career Resource Guide for Uniformed Services Environmental Health Practitioners was designed and created by the Uniformed Services Environmental Public Health Careers Work Group. The primary goal of the work group is to assist Uniformed Services environmental health practitioners who are retiring or otherwise leaving active duty service in transitioning to postmilitary careers. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Center for Sharing Public Health Services  Provides cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) tools, methods, and models to assist public health agencies and policymakers work across jurisdictional boundaries to deliver essential public health services.

Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit  The Community Health Worker Toolkit provides evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of CHWs and information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Community Health Workers Toolkit  Toolkit to evaluate opportunities for developing a community health worker (CHW) program. The toolkit provides resources and best practices developed by successful CHW programs. (Rural Health Information Hub)

Community Tool Box Toolkits  The toolkits provide guidance on 16 core competencies for community work, including how to conduct a community assessment, develop a strategic plan, write a grant, or evaluate your efforts. (Community Tool Box)

Competency-Based Workforce Development Plans  Sample workforce development plans based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Complementary Roles and Training of Health Education Specialists & Community Health Workers (2014)  This resource describes the complementary roles that health education specialists and community health workers have to improve the health of individuals and communities. (Society for Public Health Education)

Comprehensive Assistance for Shared Services (COMPASS)  Cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) is a strategy that involves collaboration between health departments across jurisdictional boundaries, delivering public health services and addressing problems that cannot easily be solved by a single organization or jurisdiction. COMPASS provides access to tools, methods, and models to help you explore, prepare for, plan, implement, and improve a CJS arrangement. (Center for Sharing Public Health Services)

Determining Essential Core Competencies for Public Health Jobs: A Prioritization Process   Tool describes a process for prioritizing competencies for job descriptions using a modified version of the Core Competencies. A public health organization can use this process in a workshop setting to help engage staff members to identify and prioritize the Core Competencies that they feel are most important for their roles. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS)  Suite of skills, programs, and activities, developed by the Public Health Leadership Forum, that must be available in state and local health departments system-wide. They include the Foundational Capabilities (FCs) and Foundational Areas (FAs). (RESOLVE)

Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) Framework  The FPHS conceptual framework comprises both the foundational components and programs that every health department should provide to ensure that all residents have equitable access to public health. (Public Health National Center for Innovations)

Health Professional Shortage Areas Database  Database of health professional shortages of primary medical care, dental, and mental health providers. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

LEAD-Public Health Project  The LEAD-Public Health Project (Local Evidence for Affecting Decisions about Public Health) examines the use of, barriers to, and methods for enhancing Evidence Based Programs and Policies (EBPP) in local health departments. (Prevention Research Center in St. Louis)

Local Health Department-Community Health Center Collaboration Toolkit (2017)  This set of tools is designed to support collaborations between local health department (LHDs) and community health centers (CHCs) to increase access to and quality of critical services for underserved populations. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Center  The Center monitors trends in access to primary care providers within Massachusetts, and reviews existing data and collects new data on the capacity of the workforce to serve patients. (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)

NACCHO Model Practice Database  Online, searchable collection of practices across public health areas. This database allows you to benefit from your colleagues' experiences, to learn what works, and to ensure that resources are used wisely on effective programs that have been implemented with good results. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

NACCHO Workforce Resource Center  Provides information and tools on topics relevant to the development of a more competent local health department (LHD) workforce. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

NALBOH'S Six Functions of Public Health Governance  The Six Functions of Public Health Governance can be used by boards that govern health departments to assess their activities against a standard, and non-governing advisory boards can better understand their important role in the governance process. The Six Functions of Public Health Governance are policy development, resource stewardship, legal authority, partner engagement, continuous improvement, and oversight. (National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH))

PH WINS: Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey  (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

PHF Quality Improvement  PHF offers a number of resources and tools on improving quality of public health practice, including the areas of accreditation, training, technical assistance, and quality improvement programs. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Profile-IQ  Online data query system for statistics on local health department (LHD) financing, workforce, and activities. The data is from NACCHO's National Profile of Local Health Departments (LHDs) Survey. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Public Health Improvement Network (phPIN)  phPIN is a learning community and peer exchange network for those working in the field of performance improvement in public health. phPIN offers a forum for performance improvement practitioners in public health to network, access just-in-time resources, and share emerging practices on the topics of performance management, quality improvement, accreditation, community health assessment, and workforce development. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Public Health Innovation Playbook  An interactive website designed to help health organizations succeed in their innovation journeys. The Playbook is divided into five sections with helpful tools and exercises reflecting critical elements of the Innovation Framework. (Public Health National Center for Innovations)

Public Health Professionals Gateway  This online resource provides information, tools, and resources selected specifically for state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health professionals. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Public Health Workforce Development  Provides funding to support schools of public health and other programs that provide graduate or specialized training in public health to expand and enhance training opportunities that focus on technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competencies and capabilities of the public health workforce. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Quality Improvement Tools to Advance Public Health Performance  This toolkit houses many tools developed and refined by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), which have been categorized for use and ease. Categories include leadership management, team management, strategic planning, problem solving, decision making, project management, time management, and communication and presentation. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)  Centralized application service for CEPH-accredited schools of public health. (Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS))

Strategic Workforce Action Agenda (September 2018)  Report identifies the major public health systems challenges and issues, how current workforce development approaches are responding to these challenges, needed changes and improvements, and how these approaches can improve. (National Network of Public Health Institutes)

Task Shifting: rational redistribution of tasks among health workforce teams (2008)  The global recommendations and guidelines on task shifting propose the adoption or expansion of a task shifting approach as one method of strengthening and expanding the health workforce to rapidly increase access to HIV and other health services. (World Health Organization (WHO))

The Public Health System and the 10 Essential Public Health Services  Discusses the public health system and the 10 essential public health services. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Urban Universities for HEALTH Metrics Toolkit   An interactive, web-based toolkit to help university leaders to measure efforts to build a diverse and culturally competent health and scientific workforce. (Urban Universities for HEALTH)

Workforce Development and Training Presentation  PowerPoint presentation developed by NCHHSTP to address the issues for workforce development and training. (National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), CDC)

Academic Health Department Learning Community  The Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community serves as a platform to explore collaborations between health professions schools (Colleges of Medicine, Schools of Public Health, etc.) and state and local health departments. The site provides access to AHD resources and tools. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Bureau of Health Workforce (HSRA)  Reports on the U.S. health workforce including health workforce profiles, shortages, and other analysis reports. (Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA, HHS)

Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies  The Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies was established in 2009 to conduct research on the size, composition, and capacity of the U.S. public health workforce. The Center has focused primarily on studies that enumerate and characterize segments of the public health workforce, including epidemiologists, public health laboratorians, and maternal and child health workers. CEPHS will expand its studies to other public health disciplines, including public health nurses, while continuing to develop models to analyze workforce capacity. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice  The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) is a coalition of representatives from 19 national organizations. It works to furthering academic/practice collaboration to assure a well-trained, competent workforce and strong, evidence-based public health infrastructure. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Council on Linkages Pipeline Work Group Policy Statement (2008)  Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice efforts to address public health worker shortages and to assure adequate numbers of skilled and competent workers for the future. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

HRSA Health Workforce Data  At HRSA's National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA), they assess health surveys and data on the supply, use, access, need, and demand for health workers. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

HRSA Health Workforce Projections  We estimate the supply and demand (and distribution) of health care workers to inform public policy to help prevent both shortages and surpluses. These U.S. Workforce projections present the national supply of, and demand for, health professions by discipline using HRSA's Health Workforce Simulation Model (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

NACCHO Workforce Development and Training  Site with links to programs including training opportunities, resolutions, and initiatives (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

National Profile of Local Health Departments Reports and Publications  The National Profile of Local Health Departments reports provide comprehensive and accurate descriptions of local health department infrastructure and practice. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC)  OHWRC is based at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York. OHWRC provides timely, accurate data and conducts policy relevant research to assist in future health workforce planning. (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health)

Partnership for Public Service  The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. (Partnership for Public Service)

Profile of Local Health Departments Data Requests, Technical Documentation and Instruments and Codebooks  Data sets from the National Profile of Local Health Departments are available to researchers upon request. Instrument and Codebooks for NACCHO data are also available. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST)  PHAST works on a variety of projects that develop processes and systems to improve data use by state and local public health departments across the United States. They work to create reliable comparisons across space and time, enabling data-driven decision making to improve population health. (University of Washington, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice)

Public Health Centers for Excellence  A partnership between the Spokane Regional Health District and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the Centers provide consulting services to public and tribal health agencies on their journey to quality and accreditation.

The Future of the Health Services Research Workforce: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges  Open access issue of Health Services Research updates prior estimates of the size of the workforce (also published in HSR in 2009) and allows us to examine the trends shaping our field, the changing nature of the employment setting and roles of researchers, and the needed competencies for future researchers. It also considers these topics in the U.S. and globally with contributions from Canada and the World Health Organization. (Health Affairs)